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Vic Carucci

Vic Carucci covers the Bills and NFL for The Buffalo News. He is a Pro Football Hall of Fame selector, has authored nine books about pro football and is a past president of the Professional Football Writers of America.


1. Philadelphia Eagles. Carson Wentz leads the NFL with 25 TD passes, but he has an amazing RB combo, too. (1) 2. New England Patriots. They've won four of last five vs. Dolphins and last eight at Gillette Stadium. (2) 3. Pittsburgh Steelers. They've won five in a row and are looking to jump the Pats for home-field advantage in the playoffs. (3) 4. Min…

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Reggie Ragland never saw the field for an official game during his rookie season after the Buffalo Bills made him a second-round draft pick in 2016. A training-camp knee injury took care of that. The linebacker never saw regular-season action with the Bills in his second season, either. A trade last August that sent him to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for a fou…

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We focus, as usual, on the high-profile positions: Quarterback, wide receiver, running back. When players at those spots suffer serious, season-ending or several-week injuries, we notice and react a whole lot more than when it happens with offensive linemen. But it has happened with them in droves this season in the NFL, and some teams have suffered greatly b…

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It once was something that happened often enough to become the Buffalo Bills' calling card, the driving force of a 5-2 start that went a long way toward changing the annual wait-'til-next-year conversation into hopeful discussion about the present. Members of the Bills' defense were the consummate thieves of the NFL. They would swipe passes, force and recover fumbles (r…

Analysis

Here are my five takes on the Buffalo Bills' game against the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium: 1. Tyrod Taylor comes storming back with a vengeance. Regardless of whether he'll ever admit as much publicly, Taylor's pride took a major hit when Sean McDermott benched him last week. Restoring his status as a starter for this game doesn't change that. It s…

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The Buffalo Bills were without both of their top two left tackles as they began practicing in earnest Wednesday for Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Cordy Glenn, who has missed the last two games, remains sidelined with the foot and ankle problems that have bothered him the entire season. Rookie Dion Dawkins, who has started four games in Glenn's place, …

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Tyrod Taylor couldn't ignore the obvious. He was the focal point of a strange decision a week ago that took a predictable, though no less awkward, turn Wednesday. And he summed it up perfectly. "It's been an interesting set of days," Taylor said. Twenty-four hours earlier he learned he would be the Buffalo Bills' starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the …

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Terrell Owens is the only former Buffalo Bills player among the semifinalists for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which announced the list Tuesday night. Despite the fact that Hall of Fame bylaws require selection of 25 semifinalists, they also allow for the semifinalist to include all ties for the 25th spot, which occurred this year with 27 total semifina…

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CARSON, Calif. — Here are how my five takes before the Buffalo Bills' 54-24 loss against the Los Angeles Chargers worked out: 1. Defend that dirt surrounding Nathan Peterman. Not even close. Center Eric Wood was right to say he and the rest of the supporting cast needed to do a much better job for their rookie quarterback in his first NFL start. Although the Ch…

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. CARSON, Calif. – For the 2017 Buffalo Bills, as with so many previous editions during the 17-year playoff drought, humiliation knows no limits. It was bad when they were subjected to that prime-time beating by the New York Jets. It became much worse w…

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. CARSON, Calif. – Here's a breakdown of the Buffalo Bills' 54-24 loss against the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday at StubHub Center: So much for the Nathan Peterman experiment: Sean McDermott made a gutsy (or was it just plain crazy?) decision last Tuesday …

(Through Thursday's game. Last week's ranking in parentheses) 1. Philadelphia Eagles. Time to avenge that OT loss at Dallas? (1) 2. New England Patriots. They've held opponents to 17 or fewer points during five-game win streak. (2) 3. Pittsburgh Steelers. Their offense looks like it can strike from wherever it wants whenever it wants. (3) 4. L.A. Rams. …

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The Buffalo Bills' injury list had its familiar name at the top Friday. Left tackle Cordy Glenn will be missing from Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Chargers, just as he was missing from last weekend's loss against the New Orleans Saints. His foot/ankle issues, which have been chronic, now will have kept him out of four games and contributed to his missing five…

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The persona, which took on a life of its own, still clings to Mike Waufle like a stubborn virus. He understands how people look at him since those unforgettable cameo appearances while HBO's Hard Knocks cameras spent the summer of 2016 at the Los Angeles Rams' training camp. Waufle came off as the surly, no-nonsense, in-your-face defensive line coach with the U.S. Marin…